I do not justify myself. If I have claimed Christ as my Mediator, I allow Him to fight my battles as He sees fit. This, at times, may involve standing back and suffering loss, with the recognition that nothing is mine but through Christ. Other times it involves Jesus fighting for me and delivering back what was taken. This could even involve using me—though I fight certain battles, it is only because and through Jesus that I do so.
Nothing is mine.
If someone slanders my reputation, I leave it to Christ to guide me in how to handle it. To fight to save my reputation without going to Jesus first for wisdom reveals my lack of trust in Him justifying me (which does not mean He will justify me if He chooses not to do so). If I lose everything in a fire, I look to Jesus and say, “It was never mine to claim.” To cry and grieve and immediately replace what I lost reveals my attachment to this world more than Jesus. If my bank account has fraudulent charges, I leave it to Christ to work out the situation. To get angry and dwell on the loss of money reveals my lack of faith in Christ to fulfill all my needs (which does not mean He will return the lost money if He chooses not to do so).
Jesus Christ is my Mediator and I no longer fight on my behalf. The only One I stand up for is Christ, my Savior.